thebibliophile

The Bibliophile - Vintage Books

London, United Kingdom · 35 Sales

thebibliophile

The Bibliophile - Vintage Books

London, United Kingdom 35 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner I've moved house and am currently living temporarily with my parents, so shop stock is now in storage. Shop will reopen once I've settled, hopefully in September! I'm still around and answering convos so you're still able to contact me.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 16, 2015

I've moved house and am currently living temporarily with my parents, so shop stock is now in storage. Shop will reopen once I've settled, hopefully in September! I'm still around and answering convos so you're still able to contact me.

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Bibliophile - Lover of Books

Once upon a time there was a girl called Katie who worked for The National Trust in England. On a work trip to a Trust property she purchased a vintage book titled "The Sweet Girl Graduate". She bought it because the cover looked pretty and there was a dedication on the inside to a student who was graduating, and she liked the idea that she was holding a book that had belonged to someone else, and that must have meant a lot to that person.

She started to buy more vintage books, anything with a nice cover or a little dedication or just a book that was very old but would still be loved by someone else. She grew to love the scent of old pages and ink, the little pencil marks where an owner had found a line or paragraph that inspired them, and the odd litttle photographs, adverts and shopping lists that had been tucked between the pages as a bookmark and never recovered.

But she quickly ran out of storage space, so she started to list them on Etsy, where other bibliophiles and vintage lovers could find them and buy them, and they could go to a new home where they would be loved and treasured once more.

In a vintage book you have history at your fingertips. The book you are holding has survived for decades, it may have been owned by an evacuee in the 2nd world war, a Victorian-era clerk, or a woman in the 1920's who liked to read on the omnibus trip home from her shop job. It may have sat on a bookshelf after being read once, or taken down and read and re-read again and again as someone's most favourite story. There may be a Christmas or birthday dedication written in the front cover, showing that this book, now a little battered, perhaps a bit tatty, was once a gift to a loved one.

Vintage books don't just contain a printed story, they have a silent tale all of their own, one that will hopefully continue for many years to come...

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    Owner, Head Purchaser, Lady Of The Postage & Packaging, Bad Photographer

    My name is Katie and I'm a bibliophile. And a QPR fan. And a tea addict...

Shop policies

Last updated on January 1, 2014
Welcome to The Bibliophile.

All my books are from the 1940's and earlier, nothing is after 1949.

I believe that books should be read and loved, not just left on a shelf to collect dust. Therefore all my books are in varying conditions from excellent to poor, please read the item descriptions carefully to find any problems that there may be with these books. I will never knowlingly sell you a book that is in worse condition than I describe.

While I may not be able to find a specific book for you I can collect together a selection of a specific genre or from a certain era. Please contact me with your requirements and I will be more than happy to try and sort something out for you.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
Preferred payment method is Paypal. If you are in the UK and wish to pay by cheque please contact me.
Shipping
I use bubblewrap to protect items and then brown parcel paper for the outer packaging.

I send all items by first class post, with international packages going out by airmail. I will convo you to let you know that your purchase is on it's way.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please read the item descriptions carefully as I highlight all problems with the books in the description.

If your book does not arrive, or if there is a problem with it, please let me know and I will refund.

If the book arrives and you are not happy with it then I will refund your money once the book is sent back to me.
Additional policies and FAQs
While I may not be able to find a specific book for you I can collect together a selection of a specific genre or from a certain era. Please contact me with your requirements and I will be more than happy to try and sort something out for you.